While you were working...
December 19th, 2011
06:34 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Bravo is taking us back to where it all began with yet another season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," and there's going to be a new cast member: "brunette bombshell" (Bravo's claim) Heather Dubrow, who's married to a "prominent Newport Beach plastic surgeon." Season 7 premieres on Bravo February 7 at 9 p.m. [Bravo]
  • While we're on the topic of reality TV, WE has greenlit a spinoff show for "Braxton Family Values" breakout Tamar Braxton and her husband, Vince, to be called....wait for it...."Tamar and Vince." The show follows the couple's "hectic lives" and will start production in March to air next year. [WE]
  • No, Jon Bon Jovi is not dead. [GossipCop]
  • "Casino Royale's" Eva Green is in talks to star in the prequel to "300" as the female lead, Artemisia. [THR]
  • "Punk'd" is officially returning to MTV, with Ashton Kutcher to produce, but the lingering question: Who will serve as the host? [EW]

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Justin Bieber: I never believed in Santa
December 19th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Justin Bieber: I never believed in Santa

When it comes to Santa Claus, Justin Bieber was never a “Belieber.” The singer reveals in an interview with AOL Music that his mom, Pattie Mallette, saw to it that her son never believed in the bearded gift giver.

"My mom always told me there wasn't a Santa," he said. "This was her logic: She thought if I grew up knowing about Santa then finding out he wasn't real, that it would be like she was lying to me. And then when she told me about God, I maybe wouldn't believe her."

Bieber, a Christian, cites his mother’s decision to be "straight up and honest with me all the time."

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NYU prof fired after giving Franco a bad grade?
December 19th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

NYU prof fired after giving Franco a bad grade?

James Franco’s pursuit of higher education has sparked legal drama.

A New York University professor claims that the low grade he gave Franco played a part in him losing his job, and he's included the allegation in a suit he's filed against the institution as a result, the professor's lawyer tells CNN.

The prof, José Angel Santana, awarded Franco a "D" grade in “Directing the Actor II” around the spring of 2010 because of poor attendance, a complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court outlines. The complaint alleges that the actor had about 12 unexcused absences out of a total of 14 sessions.

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Fandango's 10 worst Christmas movies
December 19th, 2011
04:01 PM ET

Fandango's 10 worst Christmas movies

Movie ticket website Fandango polled customers to come up with the ultimate holiday flop, and now has a list of the top 10 worst Christmas movies ever made.

The top pick for worst Christmas movie ever was 1964's B-movie “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” According to the New York Times, the flick cost only $20,000 and features a cardboard set!

Other top contenders included “Home Alone 3” (the one without Macaulay Culkin), Hulk Hogan’s 1996 flick “Santa With Muscles,” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s holiday family comedy “Jingle All the Way.”

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Mia Farrow: I don't buy the Kim Jong Il mourning
December 19th, 2011
01:27 PM ET

Mia Farrow: I don't buy the Kim Jong Il mourning

According to Jezebel, Mia Farrow is skeptical of North Korean reports depicting citizens sobbing in the streets over the death of the communist country's leader, Kim Jong Il.

Farrow, 66, is known for her political awareness and activism. On Sunday, she expressed doubt over the authenticity of emotions shown in footage of North Korea's mourning citizens.

"N Korea: Ppl sobbing, wailing & thrashing about – as an actor I can say, they would never get hired," she tweeted with a link to footage.

Kim is believed to have been 69 at the time of his death, and is said to have died of a heart attack Saturday due to "overwork" after "dedicating his life to the people."

Britney Spears shows off sparkler in Vegas
December 19th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Britney Spears shows off sparkler in Vegas

The bright lights of Vegas had competition from Britney Spears' engagement ring over the weekend.

The 30-year-old singer accepted a marriage proposal from her former agent-turned-boyfriend Jason Trawick on Thursday, which also happened to be his 40th birthday. Having changed her status to "engaged" on Facebook, the couple celebrated their impending nuptials and Trawick's birthday in Vegas.

Access Hollywood reports that Spears and Trawick, who have been dating since 2009, stowed their things at Planet Hollywood before heading off for dinner and then partying at Chateau Nightclub, where paparazzi snapped pics of Spears' 3-carat rock.

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